Iconography : A Writer's Meditation

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I started this meditation on the first day of Lent. I hope to keep going every day until Easter. Each day I go fishing in the water of this internal voice. This week the water's still, this angled pen a blue sail; the hook is lazy in the estuary, the water the color of lapis. So what if I don't catch a fish? I said that I would fish; that's all I promised. I bait the hook with each day's discipline. I have no guarantees that there is anything at all to catch in these particular waters, that something beneath the surface won't grab my pen and pull me under." -from IconographyWhen Susan Neville enrolls in an icon-painting class in the cellar of an Indianapolis monastery, she begins a journey into a fascinating hidden world where saints are fabricated of mineral and wood, yolk and blood, earth and time. The process is tedious, and she begins to make mistakes, to become impatient; she doesn't feel ready for the challenge. To prepare herself, Neville makes a vow to write during the 40 days of Lent. What emerges is a journal, a meditation, a series of confessions that we are invited to listen to as we follow Neville's sometimes painful attempts to reveal the truth and discover the mystery of her existence. In the layering of colors and moods, her writing is the spiritual equivalent of an icon. As she observes the world around her and applies the paint of language to her observations, she realizes that spirit and matter are not separate-that now and then moments of meaning emerge from daily life, and the stillness and majesty of the universe shine through.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 17.78mm | 272.15g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253216141
  • 9780253216144
  • 1,450,202

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"In this thoughtful, often lovely book, Neville's honesty is both moving and bracing." -Ruminator Reviewshow more

About Susan S. Neville

Susan Neville is the author of five collections of creative nonfiction and fiction, including Fabrication; Invention of Flight, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction; and Indiana Winter (IUP, 1994). She teaches creative writing at Butler University and is on the faculty of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.show more

Table of contents

Preliminary Table of Contents: ST. MARY OF ENNUIBOOK ONE: TRANSFIGURATION Ash Wednesday, 2002 Buying Time A Vow A False Spring Confession I Am Housekeeping A Well Lighted Place Vocation Inside This Skin In Memoriam St. Augustine Marriage Plague Sunday Monday Those Things I Didn't Know About Death Discipline On Place and Time Synchronicity Midpoint Dusk: Third Sunday in Lent On Fragility Children Wednesday On the Cusp Between Wednesday & Thursday A Window Into RadianceBOOK TWO: CAPTIVABOOK THREE: HOME Sunday Grace Wednesday Once Again Witness Thresholds And So Frogs and Karaoke Palm Sunday On Rivers and Cherries Monday Tuesday Midnight, Passover Wednesday Thursday Good Friday Saturday SundayTHE JOY OF ALL WHO SORROWshow more

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